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Comment: Just unplug (Score 1) 166 166

Social media is a great platform that helps connect people and bring them closer together. Unfortunately, when used inappropriately these platforms become weapons that will destroy teens and families. I have a member in my extended family who gets pleasure by gossiping, slandering, and causing conflict in all of her relationships. She has been in the family for 18 years. This individual started using Facebook several years ago to subtly malign family members. Last year we made the difficult decision to break off all contact, online and in person, with this individual. The simple solution to prevent bullying is to "unplug".

Comment: One need for copyrights (Score 1) 189 189

I can see his point somewhat regarding intellectual property for music. However, artists should have a mechanism to control what they create. Artists must maintain a "brand" and you would not want someone on a major level covering songs and destroying this brand. Copyrights provide a means to help them maintain this brand.

Comment: Does bullying violate terms of service? (Score 1) 323 323

Online gaming services make it clear what is unacceptable behavior when it comes to bullying. Do services such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. have similar terms and conditions? Why don't schools and parents leverage these mechanisms to address bullying?

Comment: Irrational exuberance (Score 1) 39 39

Bitcoin and other crypto currencies all have a weakness. They rely upon security of end devices to provide security of the money. Banks have been targets for cyber attacks but tend to have separate networks to secure operations to move money. Security of mobile and desktop are not robust enough to meet requirements to protect money.

Comment: Re: Probability of roll for advantage/disadvantage (Score 1) 203 203

The advantage/disadvantage system in 5th edition simplifies certain aspects of the game. The following article provides math to calculate the probability of a second dice roll being less (or greater) than the first.

For a d20 there is a 0.475 chance that the second dice roll with be greater (or less) than the first.

One would need to calculate the numbers for stacking bonuses to determine which system provides greater odds of success.

Comment: Re:5e: Best D&D, MHO (Score 1) 203 203

Regarding the concept of advantage/disadvantage in 5th Edition. Here is an interesting article that discusses probability of a second dice roll being less than the first.
The example uses a 6th sided dice but a formula is provided that can be used for a d20.

Comment: Remove social networking from news sites (Score 1) 382 382

News broadcasts focus too much on delivering entertainment. The integration of social media and commenting services creates an environment in which consumers has too much of an active role in shaping the news. These platforms encourage narcissistic behavior and shrill comments which make little difference in focusing on the facts.

We were so poor that we thought new clothes meant someone had died.